Ample opportunities for viewers to follow Chauvin trial
In this image from Minneapolis city surveillance video, Minneapolis police are seen attempting to take George Floyd into custody May 25, 2020, in Minneapolis, Minn. Floyd’s name is more widely known than Chauvin's, but calling it the “Floyd trial” would wrongly imply that the victim was the one on trial. Most called it the Chauvin trial. CourtTV called it “The Death of George Floyd Murder Trial.” ABC said it was the “Derek Chauvin Trial, 10 Months After George Floyd’s Death.”For some of the specialty networks, the trial offers a rare opportunity to increase viewership, both on the air and online. CBS' website will carry its own coverage, along with that of the network's Minneapolis affiliate, he said.
James Goldston stepping down as top ABC News executive
FILE - ABC News President James Goldston attends the International Women's Media Foundation's 26th Annual Courage in Journalism Awards in New York on Oct. 21, 2015. Goldston said Thursday that he will leave the network at the end of March, after seven years leading the news division. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK – ABC News President James Goldston said Thursday that he will leave the network at the end of March, after seven years of leading the news division. The low-profile Goldston leaves at a time ABC's flagship newscasts, “World News Tonight” and “Good Morning America," are both leading its rivals in the ratings. Peter Rice, chairman of general entertainment content for ABC parent Walt Disney Co., praised Goldston for his work, particularly during the pandemic and 2020's political upheaval.
In big week, ABC's David Muir emerges as star of the summer
All rights reserved)NEW YORK In this pandemic season, ABC's David Muir has emerged as broadcast television's star of the summer. The World News Tonight anchor's nightly summary averaged 8.2 million viewers last week, more than any prime-time program on television, the Nielsen company said. ABC's prime-time interview of the Democratic ticket of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, conducted by Muir and Robin Roberts, reached 5.1 million viewers Sunday. ABC's World News Tonight won the evening news ratings race, averaging 8.2 million viewers, NBC's Nightly News had 6.8 million and the CBS Evening News had 4.9 million. Democratic Convention (Monday), MSNBC, 4.38 million.
Some New York news shows back, but many hosts work remotely
Monday represented a key phase in New York City's reopening, with many offices bringing employees back for the first time. Despite the CBS and Fox moves, most news employees continue to work remotely, and the television programs that originate here have a patchwork of approaches that have quickly become familiar. A majority of the show hosts on MSNBC including Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and Willie Geist of Morning Joe work remotely. Other morning shows have varied approaches. Hoda Kotb of NBC's Today show has worked out of that show's Rockefeller Center studio, but most of her colleagues are at home.
Powerful moment: Ahmaud Arbery’s mother attends George Floyd’s funeral
HOUSTON, Texas – The mother of Ahmaud Arbery, Wanda Cooper Jones, attended the funeral of George Floyd and attendees who saw her said her presence at the procession was ‘powerful’. Cooper Jones told Muir that she "needed” to go to Houston to show support for Floyd’s family. Cooper Jones also added that the protests and rallies over Floyd’s death has given her some peace in her own son’s slaying. She told Muir that Arbery would be proud of her activism, her presence in Houston and the journey she’d embarked on to get him justice. There are stark differences between the deaths of the two men Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd, but each triggered a mass outcry for justice from the public.